Should that discourage us? Not at all. It was exactly at this point where I saw a lot of beaming faces at the Summer School. People immediately started exchanging ideas and experiences. That’s exactly how we turn compliance into something much bigger and comprehensive than merely a checkmark on a list.
User generated compliance
Let your employees make the rules. Start by imaging a challenging situation where things go wrong. Your challenge will be to put your thinking caps up and think of a rule who can prevent things from going wrong. Vote, think and be creative, because at the end of the challenge you’re allowed to really only have one rule. When you’ve done this, try it one more time but do so with a situation that’s in conflict with the first scenario. Now what happens to that great rule you came up with?
This is how you can optimally use the wisdom of the crowd, and you’ll also gain a lot of insights in the origin and complexity of the existing rules.
Big social data compliance
Seduce people to peer over their own white picket fence. Rules can only be applied in the complex reality of everyday life. That means dealing with different interests that have to remain balanced. What’s the trick to learning this? Tinder. Yes – truly. Present the group simultaneously – but independently from each other’s – over a longer period a couple of simple binary choices. Every swipe will immediately affect the parameters of the balance. But be careful, because it affects everybody’s balance – so you will have to make choices together to make sure that order remains in place.
This is how you can make people feel conflicting interests, teach them why it’s necessary to have rules and you can offer insight in the short and long-term impact.
Have your employees experience what it makes to make a wrong step. One of the most powerful learning experiences you can ever have is when you’re fully immersed in the context of the situation. Where you can’t separate fiction and reality because of a rollercoaster of emotions. Imagine an escape room where a group is presented with moral dilemmas that will immediately affect the second group in the room next door. Once that’s over – the rules will be reversed…
This is how you can forge a strong connection between choice and effect in a short period of time, that will remain embedded in the memory and the feelings of your employees.